The inspector will use an X-ray Florescence Device (XRF) to test all painted wall components throughout the home to document any surfaces coated with a lead-based paint. Any areas of lead-based paint deterioration will be noted with recommendations for remedial actions. A total of 200-300 samples are taken in most homes. A full report will be issued with the findings.
If the lead inspection is being performed on a rental property, and if no interior surfaces are found to have lead-based paint present, a “lead-free” certificate can be issued to exempt the rental unit from further periodic “lead-safe” inspections. If lead-based paint is discovered but all observed to be intact, a “lead-safe” certificate can be issued. “Lead-safe” certificates are valid for 2 years.